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Vice President for Finance and Administration and Chief Financial Officer

Delta State University
Mississippi, United States
Salary Not specified
Date posted
Mar 11, 2024

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Faculty Positions, Business & Management, Accounting & Finance
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Delta State University

Vice President for Finance and Administration and Chief Financial Officer

Position Type: Administrative

Department: VP - Finance and Administration

Posting Number: 201201471

Full or Part Time: Full Time

Tenure/Non-Tenure: Non-Tenure Track

Salary Basis: 12 month

Delta State University (DSU) is a public comprehensive institution located in the Mississippi Delta in Cleveland, MS, located on 332 acres, with over 2,700 students enrolled in undergraduate and graduate students. Dozens of degree programs on the undergraduate level provide educational opportunities in the Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business and Aviation, Education, and the Robert E. Smith School of Nursing. Graduate programs on the master's, educational specialist, and doctoral levels provide advanced training in a broad range of disciplines.

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This position will report directly to the President. The Vice President's direct reports include the Associate Vice President of Finance and Administration, Comptroller, and Director of Human Resources. Each of these positions manages and directs University Accounting and Budgeting, Facilities Management, Student Business Services, Human Resources, the Bologna Performing Arts Center, Information Technology Services, Procurement, Payroll, Accounts Payable, and the food service, bookstore, and vending auxiliaries.

The Vice President of Finance and Administration is responsible for serving as the chief financial officer of the institution, which includes directly leading, managing, and developing strategic planning for the budget, accounting, procurement, human resources, information technology, student business services, risk management, the Bologna Performing Arts Center, and facility management functions.

Specific duties will include, but not necessarily be limited to:
  • Provides administrative oversight of financial service units and operations.
  • Coordinates the development of the annual Education and General (E&G), auxiliary, and repair and renovation budget allocations with the President and Cabinet to meet the university's mission and strategic goals.
  • Monitors operating budgets and financial transactions during the fiscal year.
  • Serves as the university's internal control officer, which includes reviewing and reporting on controls annually and responding to various internal audits.
  • Develops long-term new construction, maintenance, repair, and renovation facility plans.
  • Provides financial analysis and support on various university proposals, projects, IHL funding formula, and other financial issues.
  • Responds to information requests and reports from external entities, including the IHL Board and its staff, state legislature, executive offices, external funding agencies, the university's foundation, etc.
  • Serves as the principal contract officer, reviewing and approving all university contracts.

  • Five or more years as a VP or Associate VP in a higher education institution or five or more years in a senior-level financial position in a similar institution.
  • Experience in strategic planning, long-range financial planning, budgeting, financial reporting, and knowledge of generally accepted accounting principles and financial standards established by GASB.
  • The successful candidate will have strong interpersonal, organizational, and communication skills, be able to work as a team member within a collaborative environment and have the ability to interact with diverse constituencies.
  • Qualified candidates will possess an undergraduate degree in business, accounting, or related fields, and/or a CPA certification; an advanced degree and/or a CPA certification are preferred.

12 monthCommensurate with experience, qualifications, and university’s resources.

Minimum Qualifications:

Preferred Qualifications:

Special Instructions to Applicants:

To apply, make a nomination, provide a referral, or for additional information, please use the contact information below. To apply, submit the three application documents described below to:

Coleman Lew Canny BowenChris Shade, ConsultantDSU-FINANCE@CLCBsearch.com704.377.0362
Nominations should include the nominee’s full name, position, institution/organization, and email address. Applications should consist of the following documents, to be submitted electronically in .pdf format:
  1. a detailed letter of interest addressing the leadership agenda and qualifications as outlined in this profile;
  2. a full resume/curriculum vitae with relevant administrative responsibilities and accomplishments; and
  3. a list of five professional references, including names, phone numbers, and email addresses, noting the candidate’s relationship for each reference. References will not be contacted until later in the search process and only with the candidate’s permission.

Additional Information:
All application items must be submitted to Coleman Lew Caney Bowen at

Any items submitted to Delta State University directly will NOT be considered for employment.

Open Date: 03/07/2024

Close Date:

Open Until Filled: Yes

To be considered for this position please visit our web site and apply on line at the following link: Click Here

Delta State University is committed to a policy of equal employment and educational opportunity. Delta State University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, or veteran status. This policy extends to all programs and activities supported by the University. jeid-dac6cfa06d2994418471afcbcaf07a36


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